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Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking

  • iidfThe Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF) program, formerly Aboriginal Film & TV Production Training program, at the Bosa Centre has been providing basic production training for Aboriginal students since the spring of 2000. The program is a response to the expanding demand for trained professionals in all areas of the Aboriginal production industry. The industry is growing and so are the opportunities for creative, committed and skilled producers, writers, directors and technicians. The Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program is committed to providing Aboriginal students with high-quality production training from the Aboriginal perspective. Instructors are experienced, connected and respected Aboriginal professionals working in the industry. Students participating in the program come from all regions of the country.

    Students successfully completing the first year only will receive a Certificate; those completing both years will receive a Diploma. Students who enter the program directly into the second year will need to complete the first year in order to receive a credential of a diploma. Students who complete the IIDF diploma are eligible to apply and compete for a seat in the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts program.

    Career Opportunities

    Career opportunities in all areas within the Aboriginal production sector are expanding. The creation of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) established a national network for Aboriginal people. The Canadian feature film industry has also grown rapidly. This industry development has greatly expanded the opportunities for Aboriginal people to build careers in the film and television industries. Most opportunities involve contract employment. While there are staff production positions with broadcasters and production companies, the major opportunities are in the field of independent production. Employment is typically by contract for a specific production or series. Graduates of the program have obtained positions as production assistants, camera assistants, camera operators, editing assistants, editors, writers, and production managers. Some graduates are self-employed, developing and producing their own productions.

    Program Objectives

    Students will have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of production practices and skills, with a specific focus on Aboriginal production, including the topics listed below:

    • The development and role of Aboriginal production in promoting Aboriginal cultures, languages and world-view
    • Scriptwriting and storytelling for dramatic Aboriginal production
    • Treatment/outlines and storytelling for fact-based Aboriginal production
    • Producing, production planning and management, including independent
    • Aboriginal production
    • Production, including camera, lighting and sound
    • Post-production, including editing, sound tracks, graphics, credits and effects
      * Students’ individual goals within the industry

    General goals are to develop well-trained, skilled and creative graduates, ready for employment or self-employment, and ready to begin a productive career in the developing Aboriginal film and television production sector.

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